SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's jobless rate fell to from 10.6 to 10.2 percent in September in what may be the largest drop in 36 years, the state announced Friday.
COPS PROBING MODESTO BANK WORKERS FALLING ILL: MODESTO (AP) - Six Modesto bank workers were hospitalized and a criminal investigation launched after a customer dropped off a packet of money wrapped in a paper towel, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mojave Desert parents on Thursday chose a charter operator partnered with a local university to take over their children's failing elementary school, marking the nation's first use of a law empowering parents to drive educational reform.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown sought to persuade college students on Thursday to support his November tax measure, telling them a quarter-cent increase in the state sales tax and higher income taxes on the wealthy are a small price to pay for a more stable state budget and secure higher education funding.
FRESNO (AP) - The United Farm Workers of America sued California's work safety division Thursday, saying state regulators aren't enforcing heat regulations, leading to continued illnesses and deaths in the fields.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A streaking fireball lit up California skies and stunned stargazers Wednesday night, and professional observers say more meteors are on the way.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in California has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the use of Albert Einstein's image in a magazine ad by General Motors.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - An anti-tax group filed a lawsuit Thursday against California State University, Monterey Bay over an email sent by a professor urging students to support Proposition 30, the governor's tax initiative on the November ballot.
SO. CAL KAYAKER FINDS NEW ZEALAND BOTTLE MESSAGE: OCEANSIDE (AP) - A San Diego County kayaker has found a message in a bottle that floated all the way from New Zealand.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Millions of Americans preparing to survive an earthquake ducked under tables and covered their heads Thursday as part of the annual "Great ShakeOut" drill.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Firefighters Thursday worked to surround a wildfire that briefly threatened 100 homes in rugged hillsides north of Santa Barbara.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wealthy restaurateur charged with attempted murder of his girlfriend's unborn child lost a bid to have his $4 million bail reduced Thursday after prosecutors revealed new details of what they say were repeated efforts to give her labor-inducing drugs.
OAKLAND MAY HIRE CONTRACT POLICE OFFICERS: OAKLAND (AP) - The undermanned Oakland Police Department may contract with outside law enforcement agencies to patrol its crime-ridden streets.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mervyn Dymally, who in a four-decade career served in every corner of California government and eventually became the state's highest-ranking black politician, was honored at a funeral Wednesday attended by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the elite of California state government.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A California wildfire in the rugged hills overlooking Santa Barbara threatened about 100 homes Wednesday in an area where a fire in 1990 killed one person and burned about 550 homes.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are trying to work out the final details of a budget for the coming fiscal year that largely adheres to the governor's call for fiscal prudence while providing a modest boost to social and education programs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A substance-abuse counselor was sentenced Thursday to 55 years to life in prison for hitting a pedestrian with her car and driving through a Los Angeles suburb with the dying man on her windshield.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County firefighters wearing hazmat suits had to climb over vegetation and trash piled 5 feet high to get to a yard where a woman died in a chair amid debris with a kitten in a carrier on her lap.
OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery says she will receive an honorary diploma during her school's eighth grade graduation.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As billions of dollars in unexpected tax revenue pour into California, Democratic lawmakers have proposed all kinds of ways to distribute the windfall after years of recession-era budget cuts.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Unaccompanied children arrested by U.S. border authorities are packed in frigid cells and sleep on hard floors without enough food or medical care, advocacy groups said in a complaint Wednesday that alleges widespread abuses amid a surge of illegal crossings by young immigrants from strife-torn Central American countries.
STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton police officer died Wednesday, two weeks after an on-duty car accident, officials said.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose officials have passed tough new medical marijuana rules that will require the vast majority of city dispensaries to close within a year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After a two-month trial and another two months of deliberating, a California judge on Tuesday found that a handful of laws governing the hiring and firing of the state's teachers are unconstitutional because they deprive children of a quality education. It was the first time in U.S. history a court has found that teacher effectiveness is an essential component of the right to an equal public education, said Russlynn Ali, a former assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Law enforcement officers would be required to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks under legislation proposed Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rampage last month near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 10-year-old Northern California boy is celebrating a milestone most people don't reach until they are in their late teens.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the Legislature want the state corrections budget to spend tens of millions of dollars more on mental health services as a way to improve treatment and increase rehabilitation options.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Responding to a federal court order, California prison officials plan to build a mental health unit for condemned inmates at San Quentin State Prison, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities were back Tuesday at a Native American casino in Northern California that's at the center of an ongoing tense tribal dispute.